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So I'm developing an all-new edition/version/core rules set, Cortex Prime, and while the spine and muscles of it are pretty much a solo effort I'm looking ahead to a Kickstarter that should include works by other people. Other designers.

This is that weird thing where I'm like, I would really like to hire people who do not look like me to write, design, and create settings and rules plug-ins for the game, and pay them well for it, but they also need to know the game.

So if you are or you know women, PoC, LGBTQ/NB folk, designers and writers who have loved or still love Marvel Heroic, Leverage, Smallville, or Firefly, and you think they or you can handle my laid-back Kiwi management style and produce rock-solid shit-hot awesome work for me on a not-terrible schedule, let me know.

Drop me an email at seth AT magic-vacuum DOT com with your enthusiastic vision. I want to help you help me make it happen.

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When I was a kid, I would buy tons of computer magazines and oogle over all the cool machines. This certainly takes me back. 
On this day:
At 19th January of 1983, at an introductory price of $9995, Apple introduces the Lisa computer: the first computer with a GUI (Graphical User Interface). The Lisa sold poorly, with only 100,000 units sold.

The Apple Lisa was a personal computer designed at Apple Computer, Inc. during the early 1980s. Officially, “Lisa” stood for “Local Integrated Software Architecture”, but it was also the name of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ daughter. The Lisa project was started at Apple in 1978 and evolved into a project to design a powerful personal computer with a graphical user interface (GUI) that would be targeted toward business customers.

In September 1980, Steve Jobs was forced out of the Lisa project, so he joined the Macintosh project instead. Contrary to popular belief, the Macintosh is not a direct descendant of Lisa, although there are obvious similarities between the systems and the final revision, the Lisa 2/10, was modified and sold as the Macintosh XL.

The Lisa was a more advanced (and far more expensive) system than the Macintosh of that time in many respects, such as its inclusion of protected memory, cooperative multitasking, a generally more sophisticated hard disk based operating system, a built-in screensaver, an advanced calculator with a paper tape and RPN, support for up to 2 megabytes of RAM, expansion slots, and a larger higher resolution display.

It would be many years before many of those features were implemented on the Macintosh platform. Protected memory, for instance, did not arrive until the Mac OS X operating system was released in 2001.

The Macintosh, however, featured a faster 68000 processor (7.89 MHz) and sound. The complexity of the Lisa operating system and its programs taxed the 5 MHz Motorola 68000 microprocessor so that the system felt sluggish, particularly when scrolling in documents.

The Lisa was first introduced in January 19, 1983 at a cost of $9,995 US ($21,482.26 in 2008 dollars). It is one of the first commercial personal computers to have a GUI and a mouse. It used a Motorola 68000 CPU at a 5 MHz clock rate and had 1 MB RAM.

The original Lisa has two Apple FileWare 5¼ inch double-sided floppy disk drives, more commonly known by Apple’s internal code name for the drive, “Twiggy”. They have a capacity of approximately 871 kilobytes each, but required special diskettes.

The drives have the reputation of not being reliable, so the Macintosh, which was originally designed to have a single Twiggy, was revised to use a Sony 400k microfloppy drive in January 1984. An optional external 5 MB or, later, a 10 MB Apple ProFile hard drive (originally designed for the Apple III) was also offered.

The Apple Lisa turned out to be a commercial failure for Apple, the largest since the Apple III disaster of 1980. The intended business computing customers balked at Lisa’s high price and largely opted to run less expensive IBM PCs, which were already beginning to dominate business desktop computing. The largest Lisa customer was NASA, which used LisaProject for project management and which was faced with significant problems when the Lisa was discontinued.

The Lisa is also seen as being a bit slow in spite of its innovative interface. The release of the Apple Macintosh in 1984, which received far better marketing, was the most significant factor in the Lisa’s demise. The Macintosh appeared, on the surface due to its GUI and mouse, to be a wholesale improvement and was far less expensive.

Two later Lisa models were released (the Lisa 2 and its Mac ROM-enabled sibling Macintosh XL) before the Lisa line was discontinued in April 1985. In 1986, Apple offered all Lisa/XL owners the opportunity to turn in their computer and along with US$1,498.00, would receive a Macintosh Plus and Hard Disk 20 (a US$4,098.00 value at the time).

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Keeping in mind that in 1983, the average car cost around $6,000. And the equivalent cost adjusted for inflation is over $24,000 in today's dollars, while you can buy a laptop that is thousands of times more powerful for under $300.

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At 18th January of 1985, Mary Decker broke a world, indoor record when she ran the women’s, 2,000-meter race in 5:34.2. She also ran the outdoor mile in 4:16.7.

Mary Teresa Decker was born August 4, 1958 in Bunnvale. She spent the first 10 years of her childhood in Hunterdon County before her family moved to Southern California in the late 1960s. It was on the West Coast that she began distance running. She won her first event at age 11.

Mary was obsessive about training. This paid off in the short term, as she was able to compete in multiple events in a compressed amount of time. Over the course of her career, however, Mary’s harsh regimen would contribute to injury problems.

Too young to qualify for the 1972 Olympics, Mary was nonetheless ranked #1 in the US and 4th in the world at 800 meters (roughly a half-mile) that season. In 1973, she set a new world record at age 15 in the indoor mile with a time of 4:40.1. Within a year she also held world records at 1000 meters, 800 meters and 880 yards.

Unfortunately, injuries kept her out of the 1976 Olympics. Mary kept running, and in 1980 she became the first woman to run the mile in under 4:20. She was unable to run in the 1980 Olympics after the US boycotted the Summer Games.

In 1982, Mary won the first Double-Decker: the 1500 and 3000 meters events at the World Championships. She won the Sullivan Award that year as America’s top amateur athlete. Finally, in 1984, after waiting a dozen years, she was ready to put her skills on display in the Olympics.

The 3000 meters final pitted Mary against Zola Budd, the barefooted South African distance runner. Toward the end of the race, as Mary was preparing to make her move, Budd cut her off and she fell, injuring her hip. No one could believe her bad luck, especially Mary, who was inconsolable as she limped away.

Mary’s life brightened in 1985 when she married Richard Slaney, an English discus thrower. It was Mary’s second marriage. That season she set new record and won more races. In 1986, she took a year off after giving birth to her daughter, Ashley.

While preparing for the 1988 Olympics, her body began to fail her for the first time. She spent much of 1987 recovering from injuries and failed to medal at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. She tried to qualify for the Olympics in 1992, but did not make the US team.

The 1996 Olympics offered Mary, now 37, yet another chance for glory. She made the US team at 5000 meters but did not make the Olympic finals. Afterwards, she was accused of taking a banned substance, which she claimed was the result of taking birth control pills. Lawsuits and accusations followed.

Meanwhile, Mary underwent several operations to relieve the pain in her feet and legs. She retired form competitive running after failing to qualify for the 2000 Olympics and moved to Oregon with her husband.

She was the first American woman ranked #1 in the world for the 1500 meters / Mile by Track & Field News: 1983 and also 1985. Over the course of her decorated career, Slaney set 36 national records and 17 official and unofficial world records from 800 to 10,000 meters and won 11 USA titles.

She won the 1982 Sullivan Award as the “the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States”; she is the only women’s Miler to do so. Mary is also tied with fellow Mile legend Hicham El Guerrouj with the fastest track Mile time for a given month with three each, the most by any athlete.

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She was something!

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Social encounters in role-playing games. There’s the ongoing debate on how to handle a not-so-social player playing a type-A rpg character and how mechanics and/or oratory skills play into the encounter.
Social encounters in role-playing games. The debate on how to handle a not-so-social player playing a type-A rpg character and how mechanics play a role too!
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For the longest time, I could never put my finger on what bothered me about "if I roleplay really well, I should auto-succeed or get a big bonus" reasoning, beyond just that if the game has mechanics, that circumvents them.

Then it struck me--If someone at the table legitimately knows how to fight hand to hand or shoot a gun, and they can describe it in great, logical detail at the table, do you give them auto-hits or extra criticals in combat?

I've known GMs that, when someone says something awesome, they don't call for a check, but that also let someone get away with killing a mook because they went out of their way to describe how awesome their attack was, and in that case, I get it. That's just allowing "rule of cool," and once in a while you just let the awesome narrative stand.

When I was playing a monk for the first time in 5th edition D&D, I was playing a Goliath, and I took great pleasure in describing his martial arts as being very professional wrestling in appearance. I didn't really expect any bonus in combat for that. I was having fun, and I hope I was making combat more fun for the other players by not just throwing numbers at the DM.

When I've had players that aren't thrilled with doing the talking bits, I've helped them to just explain, in third person, the approach they are taking, then let them make the roll. For some people, that's the level they engage on. I don't want to punish that person by making them roll for their social checks, and then reward the person that probably already gets more of the face time at the table with even more benefits by letting them be more awesome than the more socially awkward player's character.

Shadow of the Demon Lord just added more robust optional social combat rules in the Forbidden Rules supplement that I'm really interested in trying out.
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Ok, so Google is putting down a deadline to switch to the new G+ format. It's not that bad.

I guess we could go back to LJ. That reminds me, I should probably do an update over there.
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I get hella annoyed with the G+ team saying "we listened to you!" and then doing a bunch of garbage (remember the YouTube comments fiasco?) while ignoring requests for better moderation/blocking tools.

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Remember these? If so, please accept our sympathies.
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Lots of Milla and Statham...

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I can not draw. I should buy a sketch book.
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There's different kinds sketch books? :-P

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Pretty cool way to learn guitar.
Learning guitar doesn't have to be tedious! Fret Zeppelin is a state-of-the-art full spectrum LED learning and display system.
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I have Rocksmith and and Band Fuse and was using them fairly regularly for a while but kinda got side tracked and haven't gotten back to them, but I really should. What I like about both those games is they don't just throw a fully fingered song at you and go from there. That's an impossible way to learn. You really need to practice fundamentals and work your way up.

I kinda question the tech they are using here a bit but I see the real hurdle being the app. WIll it actually help you to learn to play or just light up were your fingers should go, not super helpful unless you already can play and are just learning a song. Which if that's the case you probably don't need the hardware, just the tab anyway.

Without knowing more about the app, I just wouldn't touch this platform, the app's the key to it really.

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Fine Google, I'll switch to the new G+. Damn.
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+Brett Slocum There are at least two Risus communities (a general one and a German-language one) but I'm not a member. There are also communities for EC and Uresia (not a member of those either).

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Happy birthday +Jen Brinkman !
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This happened this morning, where I live.

Yeah, I'm not even sure how this was possible given the parking lot location and the several hundred feet of lawn leading up to this unit.
A car crashed into an apartment building Monday morning on Madison's north side.
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Did they find the mutant velociraptor driving the car with its taloned feet? 
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RPG Gamer • Podcaster • Veteran • IT Guy • Recruiter • Motorcycle Rider
Quick list of my interests
  • Roleplaying/tabletop gaming
  • Technology - open source, linux, ruby, rails
  • Motorcycles
  • Tiny houses
  • Podcasts/audio books
  • People/recruiting

I'm a proud pen, paper, & dice role-playing gamer. While my group defaults to the rpg de jour, I'm the one that explores other titles & systems - Savage Worlds, d20, d100Lite, Star Wars, Dungeon Crawl Classics, D&D, Dungeonworld, Basic RP System, GURPS, Gumshoe and more. 

If you're a Wisconsin tabletop gamer, consider joining the Grumbling Dwarf gaming community:

= Podcaster

Recently I've teamed up with Brett B to co-host the Gaming & BS podcast. We talk about tabletop RPG's and general geekery.

= Open Road

I've owned 4 motorcycles. Currently riding a 99 BMW RT1100. Just can't get enough of the open road. If you're in Wisconsin and want to connect with other motorcyclists consider joining Cheesehead Cruisers motorcycle community:

= Living Tiny

The Tiny House Movement interests me too. I have yet to make the leap to downsizing that much, but has given me some insight and appreciation for the way of living.

= Love

I'm married to a beautiful and intelligent woman of Russian descent, and own 4 cats. :sneeze: 


Aside from being a soldier for 5+ years, I've worked in customer service, owned a retail computer company, done IT staffing & corporate recruiting, and been an information security professional. As of March 2015 I am back in corporate recruiting addressing policy, process, metrics, efficiency and strategy.

= Podcaster & Advisor

Aside from my day job, I have started my own professional venture. I have experience in recruiting and staffing. I help job seekers, recruiting professionals and hiring managers navigate the world of talent acquisition. I have a podcast show that provides some insight: Talent Jockey


My thought is that people are multifaceted though we may find each other via a common interest. This is why I make a lot of public posts. I also comment, re-share and +1 more than creating my own posts.

If I don't reciprocate the circle it's usually because your profile
  • does not have any posts I can view to determine your interest(s)
  • lacks information or is incomplete
  • posts are all about your blog
  • is about pimping a product, over and over
  • you're under age

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Madison WI - Deerfield WI - Greendale WI - New Britain CT - Baumholder Germany - Augsburg Germany - Ft Sill OK
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